England also registered the record of the fourth-highest successful chase in the history of One Day Internationals in the first ODI and they would look forward to setting yet another milestone when they meet the hosts for the next ODI.
On paper it is a series that England should win despite the presence of such as Chris Gayle, Shimron Hetmyer and Kemar Roach, and it would represent their 10th successive one-day series triumph if they can manage it, a remarkable statistic that highlights how dramatically they have reinvented themselves since their calamitous 2015 World Cup campaign.
West Indies opener Chris Gayle celebrates his century in the opening ODI against England at Kensington Oval.
"These guys play together and have won nine ODI series on the trot so Eoin Morgan must decide how quickly he would fit in", said Jamaica-born Malcolm, a rapid if somewhat erratic bowler whose defining moment was taking nine for 57 for England against South Africa in 1994.
Courtesy Gayle's brilliance, West Indies put up a solid total of 360/8.
Centuries from Jason Roy (123, 85b, 15×4, 3×6) and Joe Root (102, 97b, 9×4) helped England post their highest run chase in ODIs and beat West Indies by six wickets to clinch the opening game of a five-match series here, Wednesday.
But Archer, who represented West Indies at Under-19 level, can bowl consistently at speeds of over 90mph, is a destructive lower-order batsman and a silky fielder.
Gayle, meanwhile, started slowly before blossoming to pummel three fours and a dozen sixes. Plunkett didn't learn from his previous mistake and delivered the next ball on the fuller length up to the stumps.
A tiring Gayle was eventually sixth out in the 47th over, playing on to Stokes, before Ashley Nurse arrived to lash an unbeaten 25 off eight balls to sustain the tempo at the death. England were galloping along when Bairstow fell, top-edging a pull at Holder (2-63) to be caught at the wicket by Hope.
England have not so much changed things since then as ripped up the script to become the most dynamic white-ball team around, shaking off the shackles and consistently posting jaw-dropping totals including a world-record 481-6 against Australia at Trent Bridge past year. He scored 135 runs off 129 balls.
First, he put on 114 for the second wicket with Roy before adding 116 for the third wicket with Morgan, who stroked four fours and three sixes.